Pork Vindaloo with Turmeric Cabbage and Beetroot Raita

Pork Vindaloo with Turmeric Cabbage and Beetroot Raita

Pork Vindaloo with Turmeric Cabbage and Beetroot Raita

Serves 2 hours prep 2 hours cook


2 tbs ghee
2 brown onions, sliced
8 cloves garlic, crushed
6cm piece fresh ginger, finely chopped
1kg pork leg, neck or shoulder, cut into 3cm pieces
1 tbs brown sugar
Steamed basmati rice and pappadums, to serve

8 peppercorns
Seeds of 8 green cardamom pods
6 cloves
2 cinnamon sticks
1 tbs ground coriander
1 tbs ground cumin
1 tsp ground paprika
1 tsp ground turmeric
1 tsp ground chilli powder

4 small fresh red chillies, finely chopped
2 dried red chilli, finely chopped
60ml malt vinegar
250ml water
1 tbs tamarind puré
garam masala (as above)
1 tsp salt

1 medium beetroot, peeled, quartered
250g plain yoghurt
pinch ground cumin
2 tsp lemon juice

2 tbs ghee
1 brown onion, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, crushed
2cm piece fresh ginger, finely grated
2 tsp cumin seeds
2 tsp mustard seeds
2 stalks curry leaves
1 tsp ground turmeric
1 tsp ground cumin
2 cups finely shredded white cabbage
125ml water
2 tbs lemon juice

2 tomatoes, seeded, finely chopped
1 green mango, coarsely grated
1 bunch coriander, leaves chopped
juice of ½ a lemon


1. To make garam masala (for the spice paste), process all ingredients in a small processor to form a fine powder. Sift through a fine sieve and return to processor.
2. To make spice paste, add fresh and dried chillies, vinegar, tamarind and salt to garam masala in processor. Process to form a paste. Add water and process to combine.
3. Add half the spice paste to the pork and massage well. Refrigerate, covered, for several hours or up to overnight.
4. Preheat oven to 160C.
5. To make curry, heat ghee in a large casserole dish over medium heat.
6. Cook onions, garlic and ginger, stirring occasionally, until soft. Add remaining spice paste. Cook, stirring, until chillies are soft.
7. Stir in pork to coat. Bring to a boil. Cover tightly with a lid and transfer to the oven.
8. Cook for about 1½ hours or until pork is almost tender. Remove lid and cook for about a further 15-20 minutes or until pork is very tender and sauce has thickened. Stir in sugar.
9. To make raita, place beetroot in a saucepan of cold salted water. Bring to a boil. Boil until tender. Drain and allow steam to evaporate. Transfer to a small processor and process until finely chopped.
10. Place yoghurt into a bowl. Stir in beetroot, cumin and juice. Season. Refrigerate until required.
11. To make turmeric cabbage, melt ghee in a large deep saucepan. Add onion, ginger and garlic. Cook until soft but not coloured. Stir in seeds. Once they begin to pop, stir in curry leaves. Stir in spices.
12. Add cabbage and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. Stir in water. Simmer, covered, for 5 minutes or until cabbage is tender. Stir in lemon juice Season.
13. To make salsa, combine all ingredients in a bowl. Season.
14. Serve curry with rice, turmeric cabbage, raita, salsa and pappudums.


• We did not marinate the pork on the day, due to time constraints, but have added the step here to make it more authentic.
• If you prefer a sweeter salsa, simply add a pinch or two of sugar.
• This recipe has been tested.